|A Toddler Learns to Write|
Photo by Leticia Alaniz © 2016
At an early age, children become aware that written symbols, such as letters, pictures, or lines from their imagination represent real objects that have meaning for other people. This awareness lays the foundation for them to become writers and readers. As soon as they understand that letters stand for sounds and that groups of letters become words, thus begins their lifelong journey of communication.
If given the tools for writing and drawing, a toddler can learn to make scribbles that develop his imagination and writing skills as early as 18 months. Soon enough, he will achieve motor coordination in his hands and will develop a special meaning that lays the foundation for learning.
Children naturally become enthusiastic if they’re encouraged and their “art” is appreciated. His daydreaming and curiosity could be a clue of developing stories that he may want to express. By the age of three, a toddler may be talking full sentences and therefore, crafting his stories.
As Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Every child learns at his own pace, some toddlers are interested only at looking at pictures or playing with other toys, while others seem to be restless or find it difficult to be seated for longer than three minutes. But the most important thing to remember is to be encouraging, give lots of hugs, and enjoy the special moments of his learning milestones through this wonderful journey as he explores his world.
By Leticia Alaniz